For Immediate Release
FAMM Condemns Mandatory Life Sentence for Michelle Lyn Taylor, Says Law Warrants Reform
WASHINGTON - Families
Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation’s only nonprofit advocacy
organization dedicated to fighting one-size-fits-all sentences,
condemned the mandatory life sentence issued to Michelle Lyn Taylor on
April 15 in Elko County, Nev.
“We believe the life sentence handed to Michelle Lyn Taylor is a total
travesty of justice,” said Julie Stewart, FAMM founder and president.
“FAMM does not condone criminal behavior, especially where a minor is
the victim, but no reasonable person can believe that the punishment
fits the crime in this case. Life sentences are usually reserved for
murderers and repeat violent offenders.”
“FAMM opposes mandatory minimum sentencing laws that carry
disproportionate one-size-fits-all sentences and enormously expensive
Keeping Michelle Lyn Taylor in jail for the rest of her
life could cost Nevada taxpayers well over $1 million. This seems like
a terrible waste of a life, and limited taxpayer resources,” concluded
Families Against Mandatory Minimums is a national nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization supporting fair and proportionate sentencing
laws that allow judicial discretion while maintaining public safety.
For more information on FAMM, visit www.famm.org or contact
Monica Pratt Raffanel at (202) 822-6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.